Volume 4 Number 190 Sat. December 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow PDB's questionable deal with Westmont
Keeping the Cabinet Purchase Committee in the dark, the Power Development Board is modifying a 130 MW barge-mounted power project deal with Malaysian company Westmont Power giving it unauthorised benefits,
 arrow Anti-Ahamadia group gives one-week deadline to govt
An anti-Ahamadia group gave the government a one-week ultimatum to declare followers of the sect non-Muslims from a hate-filled demonstration of over 30,000 people in Tejgaon yesterday, sparking security
 arrow Twin arms hauls
Police seized a foreign-made gun, a pistol and 954 potent bullets in two sweeps in the city's Mohakhali area yesterday, six days after a high-profile weapon bust sent waves of broad warnings throughout
 arrow Save the guest birds
They are school-age children but turned away from reading table for a day to join a human chain to protest the mindless killing of guest birds that fly to Bangladesh for winter refuge every year.
 arrow 36 killed as suicide blast tears thru' Russian train
At least 36 people died and more than 150 were injured when a suicide blast blamed on Chechen rebels tore through a Russian commuter train near the war-torn republic yesterday, two days before a national
 arrow PCJSS leader shot dead, gunfight in Mohalchhari
Gunmen shot dead a local leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) at Manikya Karbaripara in Panchhari upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Outlawed party men slay 5 rivals in Shailkupa
Five underground operatives were slaughtered by their rivals in Tribeni village in Shailkupa upazila of Jhenidah early yesterday.
 arrow Democracy Day today
The country observes 'Democracy Day' today, commemorating the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad who stepped down on this day in 1990 in the face of a mass uprising.
 arrow UP chairman, listed criminal gunned down in city
A union parishad (UP) chairman and a listed criminal were gunned down in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt takes hard line on contractual service
In a break with a two-year trend, the government has this time determined not to cave in to the high-pitched lobbying of contractual appointees for service extension in the civil administration.
 arrow Dark shadow dogs AL in godfathers' former bases
The Awami League's efforts to enhance its image ahead of launching an anti-government movement by erasing the dark shadow of godfather-famed former party leaders have been facing resistance in the pockets
 arrow CNG conversion looks set to miss Dec deadline
The government's move to convert all petrol-powered public vehicles into compressed natural gas (CNG)-run ones is not progressing because of opposition from drivers, blamed for fuel pilferage.
 arrow French leave at festival time
Dhaka seems to fall under a spell of work abstention mainly on occasions of big religious festivals. In the cases of big festivals the spree continues for quite some time, say lasting no less than a week.
 arrow B Chy meets professionals
Former president Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury, who stirred the political arena with his recent announcement of an initiative to form a civil society platform, passed another busy day yesterday exchanging
 arrow Blast kills US soldier, four Iraqis
A homemade bomb killed at least four Iraqis and one US soldier when it exploded in a crowded shopping street of the capital yesterday as a US army convoy passed by, hospital and military sources said.
 arrow Zimababwe rift dominates day one of C'wealth summit
Discord over how to deal with the escalating crisis in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe dominated the first day of the Commonwealth summit in Abuja yesterday, as leaders struggled to sidestep the issue.
 arrow 2,500 Bodo rebels to surrender today
One of the main rebel groups fighting Indian rule in northeastern Assam will disband this weekend under a peace accord that grants autonomy to the Bodo tribe, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Bolivia frees 16 Bangladeshis held as terror suspects
Bolivia has released 16 Bangladeshis less than a day after they were arrested on suspicion of links to terrorism following a tip that they planned to strike US targets, Interior Minister Alfonso Ferrufino
 arrow 500 gozar fish 'poisoned' to death at Shahjalal's shrine
Saboteurs have poisoned about 500 gozar fish to death in the pond of Hazrat Shahajalal (R) Shrine in Sylhet.
 arrow Shun malpractice or face action, minister warns Desco men
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood has asked officials of Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) to give up 'malpractice' and warned them of proper action for their poor services and involvement
 arrow Youth shot in city
Unidentified men shot a youth at the city's Rayerbazar yesterday.
Businessarrow Go for commercial farming for more value addition
As banks are lowering interest rate on agriculture loan, speakers at a seminar yesterday urged farmers and entrepreneurs to go for commercial farming for more profitability and value addition.
 arrow Telecom: Missed fortune brings misfortune
It happened at Mont-Blanc Restaurant in Palexpo, Geneva on October 17.
 arrow Bush steel tariffs move avoids trade war
By scrapping steep tariffs on imported steel, President Bush puts himself in the middle of an electoral brawl between Midwest and Rust Belt states he will need to win re-election, even as he averts aglobal
 arrow Indian finance minister rules out interim budget
Indian Finance Minister Jaswant Singh Friday dismissed the possibility that the government would present an interim annual budget in February before general elections next year.
 arrow Oil falls after Opec decision
Oil prices fell on Friday as speculative investors took profits following Opec's decision to leave output unchanged and as a rally fueled by cold weather forecasts in the United States lost steam.


Sportsarrow Football: U-20s suffer cruel draw
An own goal late in the second half cost Bangladesh their place in the final round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Championship after Nepal came from behind to earn heart-breaking a
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer wrecks Aussies
Zaheer Khan, hitting the seam and bowling in the right areas, stepped forward with five Australian wickets to stake his claim as India's strike bowler here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: A complete set
Steve Waugh is no stranger to unusual dismissals against India and he's now completed the grand slam.
 arrow Cricket: Akram for Tigers?
Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram is likely to impart his vast knowledge on Bangladeshi quicks in March 2004.
 arrow Cricket: Farhat flays Kiwis
Opener Imran Farhat hit a scintillating 82 as Pakistan annihilated New Zealand by seven wickets in the fourth day-night one-day international match played at Pindi stadium here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng face stiff target
Mahela Jayawardene hit an unbeaten 86 under pressure to help Sri Lanka set a stiff 323-run target for England to win the opening cricket Test here on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Dispute over BHF post
There is little chance of wholesale changes on the executive committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) when the annual general meeting (AGM) of the federation takes place tomorrow.
 arrow Golf: Mercedes-Benz Trophy Golf held
Rancon Motors, the exclusive agent for Mercedes-Benz in Bangladesh, hosted the Mercedes-Benz Trophy Golf Tournament at the picturesque Bhatiary Golf and Country Club (BGCC) in Chittagong yesterday inassociation
 arrow Swimming: Munmun, Mamtaz lift titles
Munmun Ahmed of Bangladesh Navy clinched the men's crown while Mamtaz Shirin of Bangladesh Ansars won the women's title in the seventh National Marathon Swimming Competition on the river Mahananda ofChapainawabganj
 arrow Cricket: Not Waugh like!
Steve Waugh cannot allow the emotion of his impending retirement from Test cricket to destabilise the Australian team, former captain Greg Chappell said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Test against the riches
Leeds go into Saturday's top versus bottom Premiership clash with Chelsea determined to prove that the gulf between the two sides' respective finances is not matched by a similar chasm on the pitch.
 arrow Football: Nothing else matters
A derby match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is one of world football's great clashes but Saturday's match has had the tension turned up even further after recent events.
 arrow Football: Lazio's crunch moment
Lazio coach Roberto Mancini is demanding a lionhearted performance from his team on Saturday when Juventus visit the Olympic stadium.
 arrow Football: Ticket rates fixed
The cheapest ticket at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany will cost 35 euros with the most expensive, at the final in Berlin on July 9, priced at 600 euros, FIFA said on Thursday.
Politicalarrow BNP taking steps to put house in order
Ruling coalition leader Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is embarking on a set of organisational programmes soon to put its house in order and face probable anti-government agitation by the opposition.
 arrow AL to join next JS session if atmosphere congenial: Jalil
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said his party is ready to join the next session of the Jatiya Sangsad if the government ensures proper atmosphere in the House.
 arrow 11-party rally at Shilpara in hartal support
The left-leaning 11-party alliance yesterday held a rally at Sadhanpur Shilpara village in support of the hartal on December 13 protesting the Banshkhali killings.
 arrow BNP calls hartal in Raozan today
Local unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called a dawn to dusk hartal in Raozan today protesting the murder of a pro-BNP union parishad (UP) chairman here on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Myanmar envoy calls on Hasina
Outgoing Ambassador of Myanmar U Ohn Thwin called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday.
 arrow Apollo Hospital to be set up in Dhaka
Setting up of an unit of Apollo Hospitals Group of Kolkata in Dhaka is underway at a cost of Tk 200 crore to provide most modern treatment facilities to Bangladeshi patients.
 arrow Block raid to nab criminals in southwestern region soon
Block raids clamping curfew will be launched shortly in southwestern region to nab criminals and recover illegal arms and ammunition.
 arrow Work on 2nd phase progressing fast
Work on the implementation of the second phase of Rajshahi city water supply project is going on fast to provide safe drinking water to the city dwellers.
 arrow Toymur's tenure as BRTC chairman extended
The government has extended the tenure of Advocate Toymur Alam Khondoker as chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for one year.
 arrow Three robbers held in Ctg
Police arrested three robbers with firearms at Uttar Banshbaria in Sitakundo in the early hours of yesterday.

Police raided the area at around 5.

Nationalarrow Ban toxic pesticides, demands rally
Farmers joined by cross-sections of people marched the streets of Chapainawabganj town and held a rally protesting use of chemical pesticide and fetiliser in agriculture.
 arrow Have guest birds stopped coming to Durga Sagor?
Have guest birds stopped coming to the historic Durga Sagor Dighi in Barisal?

Local environmentalists say so.

 arrow Hearing on main accused Matin's bail prayer deferred
Hearing of bail prayer of contractor Abdul Matin Chowdhury, main accused in the aviation businessman Mokhlisur Rahman murder case, was deferred to December 14.
 arrow Party men sue Gen Secy Jalil, 4 Netrakona AL leaders
Presidents and secretaries of eight ward committees of Netrakona poura (municipality) Awami League (AL) filed a case against the party general secretary Abdul Jalil and four local leaders at Judge Court
 arrow 2 overbridges to be built in Khulna
Two overbridges will be constructed at a cost of Tk 13 crore in Khulna city to solve the traffic jam problem.
 arrow Woman murdered to 'victimise' neighbour
Two women were murdered at Gournadi and Charmonai in Barisal on Thursday and Tuesday.
 arrow 'Monga' victims of Lalmonirhat get relief
KIN, a voluntary organisation of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet distributed relief goods among the 'monga' affected people at the Central Shaheed Minar here on Tuesday.
 arrow 10 cops hurt in Faridpur road mishap
Ten policemen including one Sub Inspector and an Assistant Sub Inspected of Kotwali thana were injured as their patrol vehicle skidded off the Sree Angan bridge in the town and fell into a canal on Thursday.
 arrow 39,000 youths trained
The Youth Development Department (YDD), Rangpur trained 39,054 unemployed youths on different trade courses till November 30.
 arrow Hafiz visits Muhuri protection project
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed Bir Bikrim on Thursday visited the two- kilometre long erosion-hit areas at Nijkalikapur BOP and Mujumderhat BOP on both sides of Muhuri river in Parshuram to
 arrow Trader killed by snatcher in Lalmonirhat
Snatchers killed a trader at Moghalhat railway line in Jummapara area of the town.
 arrow Notorious criminal Bullet arrested
A notorious criminal named Bullet,19, was arrested from inside the old 'Malkhana'

of Barisal Kotwali police station on Monday night.

 arrow Abducted trader not rescued in 5 days
Businessman Shah Alam abducted from his house at Khalishpur on Saturday is yet to be rescued.

Search for his rescue is going on, said DC of KMP.

Point-Counterpointarrow International drug trafficking and security concerns in Bangladesh
Like any other state in the region, Bangladesh has to deal with multiple security issues with her next-door neighbors: India and Myanmar, including some peripheral issues with countries in South Asia.
 arrow Arsenic pollution in Bangladesh and its special risks to women's health
Arsenic is a toxic heavy metal found in nature. In human it can cause serious ill health if ingested in toxic amounts.
 arrow What is up with interest rates on home loans?
Home sweet home! Who does not dream about owning a sweet home, a peaceful habitat for you and your family? It appears that this dream is not very difficult to fulfill if you look at the number of newspaper/tv
Culturearrow Nabanna Utsav in the metropolitan
Bangladesh has an age-old rich cultural heritage. Nabanna, the festival of new harvest is celebrated by the rural people across the country during the Bangla month of Agrahayan (Nov-Dec).
 arrow A feat for thoughts
Le Printemps Bengali" (Spring in Bangladesh), an exhibition of 32 water-colours and oils by Anisur Rahman was recently on display at Atelier-Musee ADZAK, Paris.
 arrow Bangla Academy celebrates its 48th founding anniversary
It was back in 1955, December 3, when an academy was formed through the Language Movement in which many students embraced martyrdom.
Generalarrow Architectural building materials exhibition
A four-day international architectural building materials exhibition began at Sheraton Hotel in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Cookbook features tasty selections
No matter you are a middle-aged person or a youngster, you must have a taste for food of your own.
 arrow Bangladesh delegation takes part in CMAG
The Bangladesh delegation took active part in the meeting prior to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Nigerian capital of Abuja yesterday, according to a message received in the city.
 arrow 1,550 more arrested, 11 firearms seized
Police arrested 1,550 people, including five identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow BJP celebrates polls victories
India's ruling Hindu nationalists yesterday celebrated sweeping victories in three state assembly polls, while leaders of the defeated Congress party staged an inquiry into what had gone wrong.
 arrow Palestinian factions continue truce talks
Twelve Palestinian detainees were expelled by the Israeli army from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip as hardline groups such as Hamas continued talks in Cairo yesterday aimed at securing a halt to their
 arrow Commonwealth may readmit Pakistan
The Commonwealth is looking to readmit Pakistan after a suspension over a military coup, but there was no immediate prospect of Zimbabwe 's return to the group, Secretary-General Don McKinnon said onThursday.
 arrow Asia's anti-corruption fight 'hurt by lack of political will'
Great efforts are being made by some countries in the Asia-Pacific region to reduce corruption but they are hampered by a lack of political will and inadequate resources, a regional conference declared
 arrow US weighs contentious peacekeeping plans
With guerrilla attacks overshadowing reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the Pentagon is considering formation of a specialised force to help shepherd war-torn countries from the end of major combat to the
 arrow 'Baath party reemerges in new guise in Iraq'
Members of the Baath party, the former political base of ousted president Saddam Hussein, have started to regroup, according to Britain's special representative to Iraq, the Financial Times reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Security at shopping malls
That shop owners are seeking round-the-year deployment of police at the city markets does prove that extortionists are even more active these days.
 arrow Editorial: Indian state polls
Not even the BJP expected such a resounding victory in the December 1 state elections.
 arrow Iraq: The continuing imbroglio
Recent events in Iraq have forced the United States to declare that it will henceforth follow a more aggressive policy in dealing with 'terrorist acts' and armed insurgents.
 arrow Is outrage dead?
As the pace of murder, rape, violence and brutality committed by human beings on fellow human beings continues to escalate in a frenzy of gruesome depravity, the civic-minded of Bangladesh society has
Letters to Editorarrow Doctor or butcher?
This is about my younger sister, Abida, who is now a grade-2 student. Some kind of rashes occurred on her feet, so we took her to a skin specialist.
 arrow Conversion to CNG butů
Here is a piece of information for persons like me who are planning to convert their vehicle's fuel system to CNG:

A major component of the kit used for CNG conversion is a device called Mixer which

 arrow PM's responsibility
It has come to our attention through your editorial on December 1 and other news items published in other national dailies that the speaker and his deputy have fallen into a power struggle that has tarnished
 arrow Shabash Dr. B, shabash Bangladesh
I wonder why Dr.
 arrow EPZs in dilemma
Under US pressure, the government is going to permit trade unions in the EPZs. Ultimately, the government is going to satisfy the US to avail GSP incentive from the USA.
Literaturearrow Letter from New York
Sara Suleri Goodyear, a Pakistani Yale English professor, became well-known among the South Asian academic/literary circles for writing Meatless Days, a tribute to her mother; her just-published
 arrow 'Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought'
British Rasta poet, radio commentator and all-round activist Benjamin Zephaniah was shortlisted for Oxford Professor of Poetry, and in 1999 was a strong contender for Poet Laureate.
 arrow To Some Foreign News Reporters
Mr. Porter, how to convey my thanks to you!
You hurried
from far, across continents and oceans,
from the States to this small poor land
just for news.